Patrice at a recording session at
Capitol Studios, Hollywood
Patrice Jégou - Founder
Patrice Jégou's interest in a self-directed career path prompted her to establish Prairie Star Records LLC. Patrice has a background in Classical music, but doses of popular influences like jazz, gospel, and blues have always been part of her performing career. A native of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, her singing has taken her to Spain, the UK, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, the US, and, of course, Canada.
Patrice holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts - Rutgers University. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Irene Alm Memorial Award which is given to an outstanding graduating doctoral student for excellence in scholarly research and performance. Patrice also holds a Master of Music degree from Belmont University in Nashville where, upon graduation, she was presented with the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Department of Music. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary in Canada. All of her degrees are in Classical vocal performance. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and other awards.
Over the years Patrice has taught at the university level and privately; has done two residencies at the Banff Center for the Performing Arts; received a teaching internship scholarship through NATS (National Association of the Teachers of Singing); has entered and won international singing competitions (Laureate, XIII Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, [Théâtre Lyrichoregra, Montréal] chosen through audition to represent Canada in Orvieto, Italy in the XII Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti Lirici Spazio Musica; First Place Winner, IX Concurso y Festival Internacional de Canto Lírico Trujillo, Perú); and has collaborated and recorded with many artists and composers.
Patrice is a voting member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMY® Awards), and CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences - The JUNO Awards). She is a Fall 2021 GRAMMY® U Mentor: a program that connects "college students with the industry's brightest and most talented minds, [and] provides aspiring professionals with the tools and opportunities necessary to start a career in music."
Patrice was recently notified that her 2022 NATS (National Association of the Teachers of Singing) National Conference Session Proposal was accepted. She, along with Yinka Oyelese, will present "Own Your Own: How to start your own independent record label and plan, produce, market, release, and promote your music” at the 57th NATS National Conference in Chicago in July 2022.
Patrice's debut album SPEAK LOW was released on May 6, 2014, followed by IF IT AIN'T LOVE which was released on March 22, 2019. She is a two-time INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD winner. In 2019 she won the Independent Music Award for 'Best A Cappella Song' for "Lover Come Back to Me" feat. Mark Kibble and Alvin Chea from Take 6. The awards ceremony took place on June 22, 2019 in New York City at Symphony Space. In 2020 she again won the Independent Music Award for 'Best A Cappella song' for "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" featuring Take 6. The award was delivered virtually due to Covid-19. Patrice released her third album THERE'S A LIGHT on August 20, 2021.
Patrice currently studies voice with Justin Stoney (New York), and piano with Shambhavi Mishra (Pittsburgh). Patrice is a retired professional figure skater, having coached in New Zealand, the US, and Canada, and having skated in an ice show for Richard Porter Productions, Las Vegas and Hermanos Fuentes-Gasca, Mexico City. She currently skates for fun at Mennen Ice Arena in East Hanover, NJ.
Yinka at a session at Avatar Studios, NYC
(now Power Station at BerkleeNYC)
Yinka Oyelese - Producer
Yinka Oyelese is a lifelong audiophile whose interest in recording engineering and record producing goes back over 30 years. He hails from a musical family that, as a singing group, performed throughout Nigeria. Yinka counts his influences from among Quincy Jones, Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Bob Clearmountain, Bob Ludwig, Jorge Calandrelli, and Tommy Vicari.
Yinka is also an award-winning photographer particularly recognized for his stunning landscapes. His work has been published internationally in magazines like Digital Camera, Digital SLR User, PhotoPlus, and many others. View Yinka's work at